'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

MenoSundays; Life Lived Lovingly

Rather appropriately, the letter "R" appears today in this little journey through the alphabet.

R is for Risen.
Yes, it is Easter Day and many millions of people around the world are focused upon the rolled stone which signalled something unusual had happened at the tomb of their Guru. The body was nowhere to be found.

R is for Resurrected.
Not just body is gone, (apparently up and walked out - or carried...), but at a point of variable measure later, there are claims of sightings and touchings. Restoration of physical presence.

R is for Reason.
Questioning minds have pondered upon the phenomenon and posited theories as to the practicalities of such an incidence. (Even the crucifixion, scientifically, is hard to prove, though rare evidence is available.) A large body of Christianity does not dare, need or want to doubt any aspect of the story of Christ as presented on the pages of the Bible. Then there are, as human balance demands, those who doubt at all the existence of even a societal rebel who may have been a charismatic teacher. Generally, though, history and science are in agreement that somebody lived a life which led to a movement far beyond, perhaps, his own imagining. With all legends it is said, there can be no smoke without fire.
“I don’t know any mainstream scholar who doubts the historicity of Jesus,” said Eric Meyers, an archaeologist and emeritus professor in Judaic studies at Duke University. “The details have been debated for centuries, but no one who is serious doubts that he’s a historical figure.” (National Geographic article.)
R is for Review.
Regardless of one's stance upon the man who became known as the Christ, the basic tenets of his teaching actually speak to each and every human being.
1)  Be merciful and
2)  Be forgiving
3)  Seek goodness
4)  Respect others
5)  Be kind

...above all be Loving.



Menoquestioneering

"Q" - question everything, be prepared for answers.

No matter what you may think of biblical matters, today is not a day which can be entirely ignored. Every age has its martyrs, some more notable than others. They can only be so not because of their deaths, but what they did with their lives.

While the gospels may not give a full or accurate picture of the man from Nazareth (policemen everywhere will tell you that as many witnesses as they gather, as many versions of the same truth they will record), there is little doubt that such a fellow existed. The teaching has stood the test of time not because of the words themselves but because of the essence of Love behind and within them.

The questions we might ask of ourselves are these - "how deeply do I feel about something that I would be prepared to give up my life for it? That the principles of that belief be not compromised? At what point would my courage fail me?"

We all need heroes to look up to and take an example from. Today, one such hero is remembered for the ultimate sacrifice. His Quest was simple, to bring the message of 'Love one another.'